In a report issued last week, market researcher IDC, said they expected the smartphone market to grow 55 percent this year.
IDC is also predicting that as many as five mobile operating systems will compete globally by 2014, including Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Android, iOS (iPhone), and Windows Mobile.
A story by PC World's Jeff Bertolucci quoted the IDC mobile analyst Kevin Restivo saying,
"Shorter replacement cycles and an ample feature phone to smartphone upgrade opportunity means the smartphone OS market will remain fragmented but healthy for the foreseeable future."
>> IDC said it now expects handset vendors to ship 269.6 million smartphones this year, compared with the 173.5 million units shipped in 2009. The estimate is 10 percent higher than IDC had previously estimated.
>> Overall, IDC said it expects the wider handset market to grow 14.1 percent in 2010, or 1.5 percent higher than its previous forecast. Last year the market fell by 2.8 percent, according to the firm.
>> IDC also predicted that in 2014 Android will blossom from 16.3 percent market share today to 24.6 percent in 2014, while Apple's iOS will drop from 14.7 percent this year to 10.9 percent in 2014.
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